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APC House of Reps candidate escapes assassination attempt in Delta

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By Onome Oghenetega

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ika Federal Constituency, Mr Sebastian Okoh, has reportedly escaped assassination attempt by unknown gunmen.

WARRI TODAY gathered that the APC candidate was attacked in the early hours of Saturday at his home in Umunende community where he was billed to vote in the postponed elections by INEC on Saturday.

It was gathered that his home and cars including those of his supporters were riddled with bullets during the attacks.

It was not clear if any casualty was recorded during the incident as community indigenes embarked on street protest over the development.

Our correspondent learnt that the incident has been reported at the Police Area Command in Agbor by the victim.

Okoh had relocated with his family to his village where he was expected to cast his vote but he was attacked in spite of the postponement.

While confirming the incident, the APC candidate alleged that the intention of his attackers was to eliminate him and his household in the election he was sure of winning.

While thanking God for saving him and his family from the attack, he appealed for calm on the part of his supporters, saying that God has saved him and preserved him for a purpose. 

Meanwhile, the area commander of the Agbor area command, ACP  Cordelia Ikejiani, had visited the scene of the incident.

Ikejiani, who also addressed protesters who had stormed some streets in Umunede to vent their anger that Nigeria Police will carry out detailed investigations on the matter.

While appealing for peace, she added that only peace will guarantee environment that will promote healthy growth. 

When contacted, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Chucks Oresewezie said he had not been briefed of the attack.

He, however, promised to contact his men in the area and get back with details. He had not called back at the time of filing this report.

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